With daily advancements in surgical technology, doctors can perform any treatment with fewer complications and better and fast improvement. With so many treatments seemingly available for vision correction, which is suitable for whom, which treatment is safer, have a high recovery rate, it is normal to have such questions in your mind.
One such new advancement in eye vision correction is the IntraLase LASIK method. This method is considereone of the most significant discoveries in eye surgery. Before getting an appointment for IntraLase LASIK surgery, one must have several questions regarding its safety, cost, healing recovery time, and how long the procedure takes. Read on further to know the exact answer to these questions.
What is IntraLase LASIK surgery?
IntraLase LASIK eye surgery is a relatively new term give to the first step in the procedure of LASIK surgery. It uses femtosecond laser pulses to create the flap required for LASIK surgery. It is the first bladeless laser surgery use for creat the corneal flap. Before the introduction of IntraLase, the corneal flap was forme with an oscillating metal razor blade referred to as a microkeratome. This IntraLase has replaced the use of microkeratome, making the LASIK procedure very safe, accurate, and less complicated. The use of this method eliminates the high sight-threatening rise involving the use of blade-based LASIK. The cut form by the metal razor blade is say to be coarse compare with that of the cut forme by IntraLase.
How do IntraLase LASIK works?
IntraLASIK surgery has two parts the procedure. The first part involves creating a good-quality flap in the cornea and the second part is where the doctor lifts the flap to apply shaping to the bed and then returns the flap to its original position. The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for the second step of the LASIK procedure, where another laser called an excimer laser is used on the inner cornea to correct vision. Unlike the other procedures, the IntraLase method creates the corneal flap by applying tiny rapid pulses of laser light, not a metal blade.
Each pulse of light passes through the top layers of your cornea and forms a microscopic bubble at a specific depth and position within your eye that the doctor determines. As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across the eye, a uniform layer of bubbles forms just below the corneal surface. Your doctor creates the corneal flap by gently separating the tissue where the bubble formed. The corneal flap is then fold back so the doctor can perform the second step of LASIK surgery.
Let’s briefly see how the first step of the LASIK process works.
- Firstly, with the LASIK, the ophthalmologist uses a laser to create a small flap in the front portion of your cornea.
- Tiny quick pulses of laser light are applied to your cornea with a particular laser device.
- Your ophthalmologist creates a flap in the cornea by gently and carefully separating the tissue.
- The corneal flap is then folded back.
- Once the flap is lifted to the side, laser energy is applied for a few seconds to a minute to reshape the cornea.
- Then the corneal flap is returned to its original position where it appears naturally.
- After the procedure, the reshaped cornea focuses light more accurately on the retina.
IntraLase LASIK surgery is a quick process. Corneal flap creation for each eye is done within seconds, and the entire procedure usually takes ten minutes. The creation of the corneal flap takes only fifteen to twenty seconds per eye.
Pros and Cons of IntraLase LASIK surgery.
- IntraLase is considered to be safer than the traditional LASIK surgery that uses a metal blade for the corneal flap.
- The recovery time in IntraLase is fast than the traditional LASIK method.
- It is a straightforward surgical method to create a corneal flap. 10 to 20 seconds are required to form a flap using IntraLase.
- The micron-level precision reduces the risk of complications. Side effects like dry eyes are infrequent in this method.
- Better satisfactory outcomes and fast improvement in the vision.
- Painless and no need for significant medication post-surgery as the corneal flap heals in a short period.
- The laser flap can be custome and individualize according to the patient’s needs. A custom diagnosis and custom ablation are possible with this method.
- Sometimes this IntraLase LASIK method involves the risk of flap swelling.
- As this is a relatively new procedure of forming the corneal flap, only a few ophthalmologists and surgeons perform this with utmost precision and accuracy.
- IntraLase procedure is considere more expensive than the traditional LASIK procedure.
- Risk of having dry eyes (rare).
Side effects or risks and kind of complications in this method are usually rare. However, it is advisable to know all the possible adverse outcomes of the surgery to avoid any kind of mishappening in the future. Some of the possible side effects and complications can be:
- Decreased visual clarity and blurred vision after the surgery. However, this will go away after a few hours of the surgery.
- Burning sensation and increased sensitivity to light.
- Possible eye infections or bloodshot eyes.
- Flap taking a long to heal or wrinkled flap.
- Chances of Epithelial ingrowth.
Nevertheless, these complications and side effects can be treat with medications.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what IntraLase LASIK surgery is and how does it work. Before any surgical procedure, it is advisable to gather all the relevant information about the surgery. Whet you are eligible for that surgery, the possible outcome, both negative and positive, should be kept in mind. This new development in the LASIK procedure has reduced the risk associated with traditional LASIK. Frankly speaking, the outcomes of both the procedure is identical. Using IntraLase is yet considered to be more safe for creating a corneal flap.